The voices of Northern Heartlands

Discover more about the developments, partnerships and events at Northern Heartlands by reading the blogposts below. We have a small, dedicated team who are working with communities, artists and organisations in many ways across a number of projects. Here you will find insights into these developments and discover more about the work we are engaged with.


  • 19/02/2018
Ewan Allinson explores Teesdale and the Gaunless Valley chapels and churches.

Jill Cole – my mission as director of Northern Heartlands

  • 09/02/2018
Jill Cole, Director of Northern Heartlands shares her views on the project and what it entails….

The Man Engine in Willington – gallery of photos from the day

  • 02/07/2018
Thanks to Photographer Paul Norris for these amazing shots

The Man Engine: a Community Comes Together

  • 02/08/2018
A lyrical account of the Man Engine's visit to Willington

Conflict Inspires Craft

  • 17/12/2018
Syrian Refugees Explore Weardale with Northern Heartlands

It’s rare that you’ll find people talking about bravery, fun, beauty and inspiration in the context of planning.

  • 08/05/2018
Our Head of Learning and Influence, Emily Diamand writes about our HeART of the Matter speaker and discussion event, Planning – a Participatory Art? on 25 April at Bishop Auckland Town Hall

Beyond the End of the Road

  • 09/10/2018
Hear Northern Heartlands Director, Jill Cole, tell the story of 'Beyond the End of the Road'

Northern Heartlands isn’t just a rural landscape

  • 08/05/2018
Geoff Freeman shares urban images of Bishop Auckland and Shildon.

Altogether Archaeology Update

  • 26/03/2018
Anna Collins discovers more about the project

Northern Heartlands Scheme

  • 07/12/2017
We are passionate about our #GreatPlaceScheme here at Northern Heartlands and we are not alone.

Beamish Museum

  • 16/01/2018
What an amazing place Beamish Museum is!